Dr Anjali Bansal GUPTA
Research Fellow
Meta-'omics & Microbiomes cluster, SCELSE

Dr Anjali Gupta is a research fellow in the Meta-‘omics & Microbiomes cluster of SCELSE, under the supervision of Prof. Stephan Schuster. She obtained her PhD at the Indian Institute Technology-Kanpur, India in the area of ‘bioinformatics and structural modelling of proteins’. Prior to joining SCELSE, she worked at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University Singapore (NUS) and Mechanobiology Institute (MBI), NUS. Her previous research projects involved extensive genomic, proteomic and structure-function characterisation of proteins and domains such as membrane intrinsic water transport proteins (aquaporins), signalling regulators (BCH domain family) and focal adhesion proteins (kinase, paxillin, talin). Using bioinformatics and modelling pipelines, novel domain functions were revealed, and new protein subfamilies identified. Anjali used various biophysical techniques such as CD, ITC and protein crystallography to decipher domain-peptide ‘interaction specificities’ and structure-function relationships. 

With technical expertise in genomics, metagenomics, computational programming, structural biology and taxonomy, Anjali is currently exploring the least understood ‘fungal microflora of tropical air ecosystem’, which has significant health impacts especially for the urban lifestyle of Singapore. A collection of more than 200 tropical fungi, both cultured and environmental specimens, presents a unique opportunity for refining classification, genomic assembly and understanding distribution across tropical air.